Rare Disease Makes Woman Wake Up with Different Accents


Meyers, a former Texas beauty queen living near Phoenix in Arizona, has never left the United States. In the past, a headache once caused her to speak with an Australian accent and another time an Irish accent, but both disappeared after about two weeks, Chicago Tribune reported.

But her British accent is still going strong since 2015, when she went to sleep with a blinding and immobilizing headache and awakened a changed woman.

Myers, who said she also suffers from Ehlers-Danlos, a condition that makes skin elastic and joints flexible to the point of dislocation, is now seeking treatment for her rare condition, with the hope of being cured.

The woman, who now lives in Arizona, reportedly suffers from a very rare condition called the Foreign Accent Syndrome.

She told the ABC affiliate in Phoenix that she suffers from Ehlers-Danlos, a condition that makes skin elastic and joints flexible to the point of dislocation; it can also rupture blood vessels.

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She misses the way she used to pronounce her children's names, for instance. Multiple sclerosis, neurological damage, or underlying health issues can also cause FAS. According to doctors, this condition, although extremely rare, is indeed real. In the past century, there have only been around a hundred diagnosed cases of Foreign Accent Syndrome. "Everybody only sees or hears Mary Poppins", Myers said. She felt like a different person and it took her some time to define her identity.

With such a rare disease, there aren't many resources dedicated to research.

While having an accent change may not seem like a big deal, Myers is saddened by the way her condition has affected her life.

FAS cases had been documented around the world, with patients speaking changing accents from Japanese to Korean, British English to French, American English to British English, and Spanish to Hungarian. "The person I am now has been through so much compared to this person". "The person that I am now have been through a lot". While the origins of her condition aren't now clear other than the connection to a chronic illness, she honestly doesn't care where the accent changes came from - only that she receives the help that she needs.

"Some people think it's physiological; others think it's psychological", she told the station. "We just want to be taken seriously", she said.

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